The Royal Academy of Engineering and the Chinese Academy of Sciences held their second joint workshop of the year on The Future of Energy Storage Technologies and Policy at the Institute of Process Engineering in Beijing on 25-26 May. Following an inaugural workshop in London in January, this event aimed to highlight key strategic needs in energy storage research and identify areas for bilateral co-operation. It was co-chaired by Professor Richard Williams OBE FREng, University of Leeds, and Professor Jinghai Li, Vice-President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The welcome address by Prof Jianlin Cao, Vice-Minister in the Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology, highlighted the policy demand for the development of electrical energy storage in China. Professor Brian Collins CB FREng, Chief Scientific Advisor at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, gave a presentation outlining the future energy landscape and UK government policy framework. Speakers from the UK also included representatives from Imperial College London, National Grid and the Energy Technologies Institute, who discussed current storage capacity policies and priorities and exchanged future plans with some of China's top engineers and scientists working in the energy field.

Zhang Guobao, former director of China’s National Energy Administration, and David Bacon, Science Councillor at the British Embassy, addressed the workshop, both praising the close ties in scientific and technological areas between the UK and China and looking forward to further cooperation of the two countries in key technologies in energy storage.

The workshop also included a poster session and discussions on key issues in energy storage and across demonstrations projects and commercialization. A key message from the workshop was that it would be extremely difficult in both countries to increase the proportion of national energy needs met from low carbon energy sources without a renewed focus on energy storage technology research. The Academies will now collaborate to produce a report with policy recommendations for both the UK and Chinese Governments.

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